Whaddya wanna bet?
Inspired by my childhood's local sportswriter, Randy Smith, I will bring my first ever "Whaddya wanna bet?" post to The Daily Grind. Thanks Randy for years of "Do ya wanna bet?"
Whaddya wanna bet...
That Margaret Spellings couldn't meet standard on a few of these state exams?
That despite touting himself as a president dedicated to education, President Bush's NCLB will not make the history books?
That the reason the U.S. is having difficulty competing with other countries in student performace is closely related to the number of hours our parents let our children waste on the couch?
That when it comes to education funding, it will never be enough?
That a student who feels good about himself is not nearly as successful as the student who is challenged?
That if you gave me the choice, I'd take a student who has been criticised?
That local school districts are seriously strapped for cash?
That incompetent mangement is more to blame than lack of federal funding?
That years of experience in teaching really doesn't amount to much in terms of ability?
That Unions need to do a better job of selling the teacher force to the public?
That Unions will continue to whine about pay?
That the N.E.A. is about as related to education as a I am to my distant, somehow, someway connection to Nathan Hale?
That the N.E.A. wouldn't like that last statement?
That students need to realize they don't have it that bad?
That teachers need to realize they don't have it that bad?
That parents who make statements about how days off from schools challenges them to find daycare, think of public education as free daycare?
That their kid is probably a punk?
That grade inflation is a result of the babyboomer generation of parents who went too far on the pendulum swing from their childhood?
That more rich kids annoy me than poor kids?
That though teaching to the test means teaching to the standards, it also means not teaching for understanding?
That D.O.P.A. is a well intentioned law?
That it is nearsighted?
That districts could save a bunch of money by eliminating 1/3 of the redundant central office positions?
That I could do my job without 1/3 of the central office staff?
That they will keep their jobs while unimportant janitors and education assistants will lose theirs?
That if I offend you with my honesty about education, you are probably feeling guilty about what you don't do?
That the next time I post a "Whaddya wanna bet?," I'll be back at school, and loving it?